Friday, May 10, 2013

Day 4

Asheville looks like a decent place. Downtown feels like a real city and there's plenty of restaurants. People were on the street last night as well as this morning. Just a note for the next time.

Hotel has a pool. Another note for the next time.

A short hop on the highway and I,m back on BRP again. This road doesn't have a boring mile, and there are more than 450. Yes, 725Km (almost 900Km if you add Skyline Drive that is practically an extension of BRP) of near perfect pavement, beautiful scenery, very little traffic (commercial vehicles are prohibited) and no man-made crap to spoil the enjoyment. There is not even a single gas station on BRP - you have to get off to gas up.

Only when I reached the end did I fully appreciated the unspoiled beauty that is the Blue Ridge Parkway. As soon as it ended, I hit Cherokee, road lined up with souvenir shops and other tourist traps. And, of course, a lot of traffic of every kind and shape. If it wasn't for the peace and tranquility of BRP it might have not been such a shock.

If I got the story right, BRP was built in the 30's as a purely recreational road. It apparently didn't have any commercial purpose even then but was a child of the "new deal" after the great depression. I can't wait to see what Americans are going to build to get out of the one they are in now. Elevator to the Moon, anyone?

After BRP the plan was to continue on and slay "The Dragon" at Deal's Gap, but weather intervened again. Got into some rain and the sky looking forward is really gloomy. Sick and tired of sweating under the rain suit and having to dry everything all the time I booked a motel in Robbinsville.

To be continued.